What pilgrimage tours to Italy are popular in Russia

What pilgrimage tours to Italy are popular in Russia

According to UNWTO estimates, from 300 to 350 million tourists go on cross-border pilgrimage trips annually - every fourth tourist in the world! The capacity of the religious tourism market is estimated at more than 18 billion euros. Italy, from where the relics of St. Nikolay is one of the segment leaders. "Vestnik ATOR" found out where Russian pilgrims go in Italy.

WHAT DOES ITALY TRAVEL TOURISM PROVIDE?

Italy is named one of the main directions of pilgrim tourism in UNWTO documents. For tourists in this country are open about 1,500 cathedrals, 30 thousand churches and chapels, 700 diocesan museums, as well as a large number of monasteries. Largely thanks to the pilgrims, St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome is among the top 25 most visited places in the world.

Religious tourism in Italy attracts more than 5.6 million pilgrims annually: about 60% of them are foreign citizens

According to a study by the Italian National Institute for Tourism Research (ISNART), religious tourism in Italy attracts more than 5.6 million pilgrims annually, of which about 60% are foreign nationals. More than 45% of foreigners come to Italy from Europe, and almost 15% of visitors from non-EU countries.

In these 15%, Russian tourists are among the most active: our compatriots tend to Rome, Turin and, of course, Bari, where the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker are kept.

WHERE RUSSIAN PILGRIMS GO TO ITALY

Russian tour operators also confirm that a large number of our compatriots who visit Italy are interested in holy places or go on excursion tours related to religious topics.

Bari (from where the relics of St. Nicholas came to Moscow recently) is the leader in terms of inquiries among pilgrimage tours to Italy. “For several years we have been organizing tours to Apulia with a direct flight to Bari, and almost all tourists were interested in the opportunity to visit the Basilica of St. Nicholas,” says Anna Filatovskaya, director of the direct sales, advertising and PR department of the ICS Travel Group tour operator.

The fact that so many Russians are going to venerate the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker, Vestnik ATOR was told by almost all the tour operators surveyed.

Of course, Bari is not the only point on the routes of Russian pilgrims in Italy. Specialists of the tour operator PAC Group say that in addition to Bari, Russian tourists also have requests for Turin, where the famous Turin Shroud is kept. The tour operator notes an interesting fact - the demand increases just for the periods of the removal of the shroud. Visits to the Church of the Holy Martyr Catherine in Rome and the Russian Orthodox Church in San Remo are also popular among Russians, according to PACGroup.

In addition to Bari, Russian tourists have requests to visit religious sites in Manoppello, Rome, Turin, Amalfi, Salerno, San Remo, etc.

“Italy is perhaps one of the leaders in terms of the number of Christian shrines. In addition to Bari, many of our tourists tend to go to Amalfi to visit one of the famous Orthodox churches - the Church of St. Andrew the First-Called, ”Natalia Divirs, head of the Italian direction of the tour operator NTK Intourist, shares her observations.

What pilgrimage tours to Italy are popular in Russia

According to UNWTO estimates, from 300 to 350 million tourists go on cross-border pilgrimage trips every year - every fourth tourist in the world! The capacity of the religious tourism market is estimated at more than 18 billion euros. Italy, from where the relics of St. Nikolay is one of the segment leaders. "Vestnik ATOR" found out where Russian pilgrims go in Italy.

WHAT DOES ITALY TRAVEL TOURISM PROVIDE?

Italy is named one of the main directions of pilgrim tourism in UNWTO documents. For tourists in this country are open about 1,500 cathedrals, 30 thousand churches and chapels, 700 diocesan museums, as well as a large number of monasteries. Largely thanks to the pilgrims, St. Peter's Cathedral in Rome is among the top 25 most visited places in the world.

Religious tourism in Italy attracts more than 5.6 million pilgrims annually: about 60% of them are foreign citizens

According to a study by the Italian National Institute for Tourism Research (ISNART), religious tourism in Italy attracts more than 5.6 million pilgrims annually, of which about 60% are foreign nationals. More than 45% of foreigners come to Italy from Europe, and almost 15% of visitors from non-EU countries.

In these 15%, Russian tourists are among the most active: our compatriots tend to Rome, Turin and, of course, Bari, where the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker are kept.

WHERE RUSSIAN PILGRIMS GO TO ITALY

Russian tour operators also confirm that a large number of our compatriots who visit Italy are interested in holy places or go on excursion tours related to religious topics.

Bari (from where the relics of St. Nicholas came to Moscow recently) is the leader in terms of inquiries among pilgrimage tours to Italy. “For several years we have been organizing tours to Apulia with a direct flight to Bari, and almost all tourists were interested in the opportunity to visit the Basilica of St. Nicholas,” says Anna Filatovskaya, director of the direct sales, advertising and PR department of the ICS Travel Group tour operator.

The fact that so many Russians are going to venerate the relics of Nicholas the Wonderworker, Vestnik ATOR was told by almost all the tour operators surveyed.

Of course, Bari is not the only point on the routes of Russian pilgrims in Italy. Specialists of the tour operator PAC Group say that in addition to Bari, Russian tourists also have requests for Turin, where the famous Turin Shroud is kept. The tour operator notes an interesting fact - the demand increases just for the periods of the removal of the shroud. Visits to the Church of the Holy Martyr Catherine in Rome and the Russian Orthodox Church in San Remo are also popular among Russians, according to PACGroup.

In addition to Bari, Russian tourists have requests to visit religious sites in Manoppello, Rome, Turin, Amalfi, Salerno, San Remo, etc.

“Italy is perhaps one of the leaders in terms of the number of Christian shrines. In addition to Bari, many of our tourists tend to go to Amalfi to visit one of the famous Orthodox churches - the Church of St. Andrew the First-Called, ”Natalia Divirs, head of the Italian direction of the tour operator NTK Intourist, shares her observations.

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